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French Finance Minister: 'Good News that Merkel Has Now Reacted'

French Finance Minister: 'Good News that Merkel Has Now Reacted'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 15, 2018

In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, French Finance Minister Bruno La Maire, 49, demands that eurozone reform be pushed forward quickly. Otherwise, he fears, Europe won't be able to stand up to U.S. President Donald Trump. Interview Conducted by Christian Reiermann and Peter Müller more... Comment ]

Finance Minister Olaf Scholz: 'Germany Has a Special Responsibility'

Finance Minister Olaf Scholz: 'Germany Has a Special Responsibility'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 08, 2018

In a DER SPIEGEL interview, German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, 59, says its time for a Europe-wide unemployment insurance system and to resuscitate the financial transaction tax. Italy, he says, will fall into line. An Interview by Christian Reiermann and Michael Sauga more... Comment ]


A Vicious Cycle: Berlin Worried about Losing Trump's Trade War

A Vicious Cycle: Berlin Worried about Losing Trump's Trade War

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 06, 2018

The U.S. has followed through with its threat to impose punitive tariffs on European steel and aluminum and the signs are pointing to a global trade war. The German government is doing what it can to prevent harm to its automobile industry. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Fixing the Euro: The Time to Act Is Now

Fixing the Euro: The Time to Act Is Now

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 06, 2018

Italy can only manage its current crisis with German help. And Germany needs Italy to keep Europe stable. While there is no simple solution, a new form of assistance could help. An Essay by Henrik Enderlein more... Comment ]


Apocalypse Angie: Merkel's Dark View of the World We Live In

Apocalypse Angie: Merkel's Dark View of the World We Live In

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 05, 2018

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is watching with deep concern as the pillars of the postwar international order collapse. But what is she doing about it? By René Pfister more... Comment ]

Crisis Redux: Italy Sends a Jolt Through Europe

Crisis Redux: Italy Sends a Jolt Through Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 01, 2018

Euro-skeptic Italian populists are posing a serious threat to the European Union. Following the drama over Greece and Brexit, the political situation in Rome could throw Europe into its next major existential crisis. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Italian President Mattarella: The Man Who Wouldn't Yield

Italian President Mattarella: The Man Who Wouldn't Yield

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 28, 2018

Rather than handing the reins of power to anti-EU populists, Italy's president has paved the way for snap elections. Who is Sergio Mattarella? By Hans-Jürgen Schlamp in Rome more... Comment ]

Will Populists Stall Europe? Italy's New Goverment Is Bad News for the Euro

Will Populists Stall Europe? Italy's New Goverment Is Bad News for the Euro

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 25, 2018

Two populist parties are set to take over the government reins in Italy and about the only thing they seem to agree on is their desire to spend huge amounts of money. That's bad news for Italian finances and terrible news for the eurozone. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Roman Reality Check: Italian Trumpism Is No Less Dangerous than the Original

Roman Reality Check: Italian Trumpism Is No Less Dangerous than the Original

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 25, 2018

Members of the European Union need to send a clear message to the new Italian government: We will not allow you to destroy the eurozone. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Michael Sauga more... Comment ]

The Hardliner with a Soft Spot: A Visit with Trump's Man in Berlin

The Hardliner with a Soft Spot: A Visit with Trump's Man in Berlin

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 23, 2018

With the arrival of Richard Grenell, an unusual diplomat has taken up quarters at the U.S. Embassy in Germany. The new ambassador is outspoken, modern and openly gay but also an arch-conservative. He tweets more than the president. By Martin Knobbe more... Comment ]